Police focus on information from public after finishing search of East Durham coast for missing teacher

MISSING: Mark Bushnell

MISSING: Mark Bushnell

  • by Dominic Shaw

POLICE have concluded their search of Blackhall Rocks and Crimdon Dene and will now focus on information from the public as they bid to trace a missing teacher.

Mark Bushnell, 50, has now been missing for more than a week since his car was found abandoned in Blackhall last Monday lunchtime.

Specialist teams, assisted by Cleveland Marine Unit and the Police Air Support Unit, have carried out land, sea and air searches since Mr Bushnell was reported missing.

But the disappearance of the dad-of-three who is a former teacher at Hartlepool Sixth Form College still remains unexplained.

Peterlee Neighbourhood Inspector, Dave Coxon said: “Our search for Mark will now focus on information from the public and will take a more targeted approach.

“We would still encourage anyone with information regarding Mark’s whereabouts to call us on 101.”

Mr Bushnell, a deputy headteacher at Durham School, has not been seen since lunchtime on Sunday, March 9.

His wife, Joanna, reported him missing the same evening after he had been away from the home for several hours and she couldn’t contact him.

Officers were out in force at a picnic area car park in Blackhall Rocks over the weekend handing out leaflets to coastal visitors in a bid to jog memories of potential sightings of him.




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